Weekly Update: February 19, 2019

District PLN-Wednesday Feb 20:

Along with schools across the District, we meet this Wednesday, Feb 20, from 1:40-2:40 in room 23 to complete the staff LCAP input protocol. We will use this document LCAP Actions and this thinking routine Compass Points thinking routine.

Classroom Hosts for Math Labsite and Upcoming Teachers College Visits:

We will need classroom hosts for our upcoming math labsite and TC visit. Please work with your grade level team and let me know who would like to host which visits. For TC, I will need a host from each grade level and for Math Labsite a host from K/1, 2/3 and 4/5.

Math Labsite                                March 4 and March 5

Primary Grade TC Visit              April 8 and 9

Upper Grade TC Visit                  April 15 and 16

Updates from Learning and Innovation:

PERFORMANCE TASKS/CAASPP INTERIM ASSESSMENTS

TK-2 should use the SBUSD District Performance Tasks which can be found in Illuminate. 3-6th grade may use either the CAASPP Interim Assessments OR the SBUSD District Performance Tasks. Please complete ALL performance task experiences before Spring Break. 

TK-2

SBUSD Performance Tasks found here scroll to the BOTTOM of the page to access information.

Grades 3-6

CAASPP Interim Assessments found here

***Student MUST access the test via the “air secure browser”

CAASPP LABELS– Labels with student SSID and other testing information can be found in Illuminate in a report named “CAASPP Labels” (creative, I know…). When you open the report, click on “Labels” on the tool bar in the grey banner then click “Download”. You can print directly to label sheets or print to regular paper and adhere them to an index card. THESE ARE SECURE TESTING MATERIALS, and should be locked up nightly.

REPORT CARDS– The window for Report Cards will be open Monday, February 4th.Attendance data will be populated on Wednesday, February 20th by 5pm. Please remember to use a text editor, like Google Docs or MS Word to type your comments and copy/paste to the report cards. Also, remember to SAVE OFTEN.
Read Across America- March 4-8
Please submit Read Leader names to RoseAnn by Monday, Feb 25th. We will have an event kick off on Monday, March 4th during flag salute. Details about the kick off and spirit activities coming soon. Thank you to RoseAnn for her leadership in coordinating this campaign.
Classroom Doors Should Always Be Locked:
To ensure your safety and the safety of the students in our care, please keep your classrooms doors locked and if you choose, use the door blocks to allow for students to come and go without knocking. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please submit a work order if your door block does not function properly.
Changes to TC Sequence/information about the Test Prep Unit- Upper Grade Only
 The sequence has changed to make room for the TCRWP Test Prep Reading and Writing Units. This unit is NOT in lieu of a unit, NOR is it meant to insert now before Spring Break. Continue on with your next unit and start the Test Prep Unit in April.
The TOSAs will be having a collab on April 9th around the Test Prep unit and will have a calendar for you which includes time for the practice and training tests. You can sign up for that collab here.
Materials will be distributed for you in March.
The Test Prep Unit is set to be completed by May 3rd, which will be the 2nd week of CAASPP math testing. On May 6th, the week you start CAASPP ELA testing, you’ll begin your final unit on the sequence. 
Other District Professional Development Opportunities:

Join your colleagues and Literacy TOSAs for a series of 3 professional development sessions addressing the needs of your striving readers.  We will focus on readers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning and scheduling small group instruction that supports the needs of students reading significantly below grade level. Instructional methods and resources will be shared.

While we encourage you to attend all three sessions, as the information and practices will build on each other, teachers are welcome to attend those sessions that are of most interest to them.
SESSION 1:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 FROM 3:30-5:00 pm
EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOM 4
Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided
LESSON DESIGN FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS is planned for Monday, March 4 from 3:30-5:00 at the Education Center. As in the past, out-of-contract pay will be provided.  It’s an excellent opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and exchange ideas.
Please take a moment to sign up and mark your calendars.  ALL teachers grades 3-8 are invited to attend.  We will continue to discuss ongoing assessment and lesson design to meet the needs of our diverse population of language learners.  Hope to see you there!
Getting Ready for our Math Labsite:
Our focus will be on Questioning and Conferring with students.  Due to the limited time together, if possible please review Chapter 5 from Thinking Together prior to us meeting.  Michelle Syverson included a graphic organizer that we will use when discussing the chapter.
Image result for thinking together

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

February 19                           Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered

February 20                           Furniture Order Form Due

February 22                           Report Cards go home

February 25                           Reader Leader Name Due

March 4/5                               Math Labsite

March 4-8                                Read Across America Campaign

March 11-15                            2-6 Elpac Summative Assessment Week

March 11                                Dr. McNamara Visits Emory

March 22                                 Last day before Spring Break/Soaring to Success/

Performance Tasks/Interim Assessments Complete

Quote of the Week:

Image result for teachers are the best

Weekly Update: February 11, 2019

Congratulations again to Emory Certificated Employee of the year, Erika Gundermann! and Emory Classified Employee of the Year, Carlos Leon! If you’re available, please join us at the District event to celebrate them on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 in Burress Auditorium.

Staff Professional Development:

This week, we meet as a staff in room 23 at 1:40. Jennifer Oliveira and Jennifer Smith will join us. The bulk of our meeting will be dedicated to an update regarding the Emory remodel timeline including our new classroom furniture.

Classroom Hosts for Math Labsite and Upcoming Teachers College Visits:

We will need classroom hosts for our upcoming math labsite and TC visit. Please work with your grade level team and let me know who would like to host which visits. For TC, I will need a host from each grade level and for Math Labsite a host from K/1, 2/3 and 4/5.

Math Labsite                                March 4 and March 5

Primary Grade TC Visit              April 8 and 9

Upper Grade TC Visit                  April 15 and 16

Administrative Intern Guest- Monday February 11

A colleague asked if I would host an administrative intern. Lindsey Conley will shadow me throughout my day on Monday, February 11th. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Fountas and Pinnell-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered is February 19th.

Thank you for all your efforts to assess our students! Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level.

Updates from Learning and Innovation:

PERFORMANCE TASKS/CAASPP INTERIM ASSESSMENTS

TK-2 should use the SBUSD District Performance Tasks which can be found in Illuminate. 3-6th grade may use either the CAASPP Interim Assessments OR the SBUSD District Performance Tasks. Please complete ALL performance task experiences before Spring Break. 

TK-2

SBUSD Performance Tasks found here scroll to the BOTTOM of the page to access information.

Grades 3-6

CAASPP Interim Assessments found here

***Student MUST access the test via the “air secure browser”

CAASPP LABELS– Labels with student SSID and other testing information can be found in Illuminate in a report named “CAASPP Labels” (creative, I know…). When you open the report, click on “Labels” on the tool bar in the grey banner then click “Download”. You can print directly to label sheets or print to regular paper and adhere them to an index card. THESE ARE SECURE TESTING MATERIALS, and should be locked up nightly.

REPORT CARDS– The window for Report Cards will be open Monday, February 4th. Attendance data will be populated on Wednesday, February 20th by 5pm. Please remember to use a text editor, like Google Docs or MS Word to type your comments and copy/paste to the report cards. Also, remember to SAVE OFTEN.
Read Across America- March 4-8
Please submit Read Leader names to RoseAnn by Monday, Feb 25th. We will have an event kick off on Monday, March 4th during flag salute. Details about the kick off and spirit activities coming soon. Thank you to RoseAnn for her leadership in coordinating this campaign.
Changes to TC Sequence/information about the Test Prep Unit- Upper Grade Only
As promised we’ve made some adjustments to the sequence to make room for the TCRWP Test Prep Reading and Writing Units. This unit is NOT in lieu of a unit, NOR is it meant to insert now before Spring Break. Continue on with your next unit and start the Test Prep Unit in April.
The TOSAs will be having a collab on April 9th around the Test Prep unit and will have a calendar for you which includes time for the practice and training tests. You can sign up for that collab here.
Materials will be distributed for you in March.
The Test Prep Unit is set to be completed by May 3rd, which will be the 2nd week of CAASPP math testing. On May 6th, the week you start CAASPP ELA testing, you’ll begin your final unit on the sequence. 
Other District Professional Development Opportunities:

Join your colleagues and Literacy TOSAs for a series of 3 professional development sessions addressing the needs of your striving readers.  We will focus on readers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning and scheduling small group instruction that supports the needs of students reading significantly below grade level. Instructional methods and resources will be shared.  

While we encourage you to attend all three sessions, as the information and practices will build on each other, teachers are welcome to attend those sessions that are of most interest to them.
 
SESSION 1:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 FROM 3:30-5:00 pm
EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOM 4
Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided
 
LESSON DESIGN FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS is planned for Monday, March 4 from 3:30-5:00 at the Education Center. As in the past, out-of-contract pay will be provided.  It’s an excellent opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and exchange ideas. 
Please take a moment to sign up and mark your calendars.  ALL teachers grades 3-8 are invited to attend.  We will continue to discuss ongoing assessment and lesson design to meet the needs of our diverse population of language learners.  Hope to see you there!
Getting Ready for our Math Labsite:
Our focus will be on Questioning and Conferring with students.  Due to the limited time together, if possible please review Chapter 5 from Thinking Together prior to us meeting.  Michelle Syverson included a graphic organizer that we will use when discussing the chapter.  
Image result for thinking together

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

February 19                           Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered

February 22                           Report Cards go home

March 4/5                               Math Labsite

March 4-8                                Read Across America Campaign

March 11-15                            2-6 Elpac Summative Assessment Week

March 11                                Dr. McNamara Visits Emory

March 22                                 Last day before Spring Break

Soaring to Success

Performance Tasks/Interim Assessments Complete

Quote of the Week:

If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm. - Frank Lane

Weekly Update: February 4, 2019

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Please collaborate with your grade level team. You may wish to discuss your plan for administering the CAASPP Interim assessments (grades 3-6) or the District Benchmarks (before spring break), plan for instruction or anything else valuable to your team.

Global Kindness Challenge February 4-8:

Wed. 2/6         Classroom Kindness Ambassador name and write-up (written by students or teacher 3-4 sentences describing why this student was selected) Emailed to Jenn and Cindy 

To promote kindness at Emory, Student Council would like to have one Kindness Ambassador selected from each classroom. Kindness Ambassadors will represent Emory, and the wonderful things that happen within our school and community. They will have their picture taken and placed on a wall of honor in the cafeteria, along with a short write-up describing why they stand out for kindness.

Ways students can be chosen:

  • Teacher selection
  • Student nominated by peers or teacher
  • Students vote based on things they’ve seen in classroom/playground
  • Thrively project which promotes kindness
  • Class-wide essay which promotes kindness
  • Students create a Ted X Talk on the importance of kindness in the world. The winning speech/presentation is the Kindness Ambassador (Kids can find kid Ted X talks on YouTube)
  • Finished project which promotes kindness (poem, pledge, creed, song, graphic novel, idea, painting, invent a kindness game, etc.)
  • Any other fabulous ideas you have

Make Kindness a Habit Video  This is an example of a Ted Talk that kids could do.

Kindness Spirit Days:

2/4      You Can’t Take Words Back- Backwards Day

2/5      Kindness Rocks- Dress like a rock star!

2/6      Make Kindness a Pattern- Patterened clothing (polka dots, stripes, plaid, etc.)

2/7      Score Points by Helping Others- favorite team/sports jersey

2/8      Dress Alike Day- come dressed the same as a friend or wear your Emory shirt

Kindness Challenge– Every 10 challenges earns a coin to be spent at Jenn’s wagon (dates/times TBD)

Mon. 2/11       Classroom Kindness Ambassador recognized at Flag Salute (Please notify family prior to flag salute)

Thanks to Dave, Erika and Holli for coordinating our Student Council and leading this event for our students.

Emory Health Office Services:

Paris Johnson was hired at our most recent SBUSD Board Meeting to serve as our Health Clerk. She is here every Monday and Tuesday and alternating Wednesdays from 10:30-2:00. On the alternating Wednesdays and Thursday and Friday, a nurse from a staffing agency supports our school from 8:00-2:25. We have seen a number of different nurses serve our students this school year. If you need a vision/hearing screen, please complete the form and submit it to Dani. She will contact SBUSD School Nurse Cristina Vaz who will perform the assessments. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fountas and Pinnell-February 19:

The deadline to have the data is February 19th.

Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level.

Updates from Learning and Innovation:

PERFORMANCE TASKS/CAASPP INTERIM ASSESSMENTS– As agreed upon at Consultation, all students in TK-6 should be participating in a performance task experience. TK-2 can be using the SBUSD District Performance Tasks which can be found in Illuminate. Directions on how to find those can be found here. 3-6th grade can use either the CAASPP Interim Assessments OR the SBUSD District Performance Tasks. Directions for the Interim Assessments can be found here and additional information can be found herePlease complete ALL performance task experiences before Spring Break. 
UPDATING CHROMEBOOKS– Please make sure you are updating your Chromebooks. Please see your IMRT if you are not sure how to do this. Updates happen sporadically.
CAASPP LABELS– Labels with student SSID and other testing information can be found in Illuminate in a report named “CAASPP Labels” (creative, I know…). When you open the report, click on “Labels” on the tool bar in the grey banner then click “Download”. You can print directly to label sheets or print to regular paper and adhere them to an index card. THESE ARE SECURE TESTING MATERIALS, and should be locked up nightly.
REPORT CARDS– The window for Report Cards will be open Monday, February 4th. Attendance data will be populated on Wednesday, February 20th by 5pm. Please remember to use a text editor, like Google Docs or MS Word to type your comments and copy/paste to the report cards. Also, remember to SAVE OFTEN.
Chromebook Work Order Procedures:
As we are learning more about how to best support you with the Take Home Chromebook Initiative, we’re updating some of our procedures to support students maintaining access to devices in the event of damage.
PURPOSE– Through a 2017 pilot with 3 schools (Bayside 3rd and 4th grades, IBCS 3rd grade, and Nicoloff 6th grade) and through work around our Learner Profile  students and staff expressed a desire to provide access to families through a take home device.
REPAIRS AND ZDT– If a student brings you a Chromebook to be repaired, please bring the device to the IMRT to receive a ZDT for that student. The ZDT should NOT go home. In the event the IMRT is not in the Library, please leave detailed notes about the damage and what is needed. IMRTs are working on a plan to get students a replacement device if they are not in their Library.
WORK ORDERS AND THE INCIDENT REPORT– The IMRT will submit the work order for you and you will NO LONGER need to complete an Incident Report. ANY details about the damage will be incredibly helpful. We cannot require payment, and we have been sending out parent letters to request payment and let them know about the damage. You can be helpful in the details you give as to how we proceed with that.
COLLECTING SURPLUS DEVICES– You might have noticed our Tech Team and or your IMRT collecting the surplus devices from your carts. The purpose behind this is to maintain those devices and repurpose them as ZDTs for the whole school. The Tech Team and IMRT are making sure those devices get updated for you and your students. This is particularly important around testing time. The devices MUST be kept up to date and the Tech Team and IMRTs can help you with that.
MULTIPLE DAMAGE REPORTS– If you have a student or two who cannot seem to keep the device in good working order, please determine with your site administrator a way to give the student access when needed.
MONEY RECEIVED– Any payments for damage will go through the office. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for money collection and deposits on behalf of the school. PLEASE include a copy of the Work Order with the money.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP– Remember your explicit repeated instruction about appropriate use makes a difference.
ACCESS AVAILABLE– Remember we have FREE T-Mobile Hot Spots available for families who need Internet access. Here is the NOMINATION FORM  and you can nominate any TK-8th grade family.
HANDBOOK– As always we update the HANDBOOK frequently.

 

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

February 19                           Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered

February 22                           Report Cards go home

March 4/5                               Math Labsite

Quote of the Week:

Image result for mother teresa quotes

Weekly Update: January 28, 2019

Principal Directed PLC  1:40-2:40:

TK-2      Room 23            Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading with Elma

3-6        Room 19            Update ELD/E.O. Groups

Global Kindness Challenge February 4-8:

Wed. 2/6         Classroom Kindness Ambassador name and write-up (written by students or teacher 3-4 sentences describing why this student was selected) Emailed to Jenn and Cindy 

To promote kindness at Emory, Student Council would like to have one Kindness Ambassador selected from each classroom. Kindness Ambassadors will represent Emory, and the wonderful things that happen within our school and community. They will have their picture taken and placed on a wall of honor in the cafeteria, along with a short write-up describing why they stand out for kindness.

Ways students can be chosen:

  • Teacher selection
  • Student nominated by peers or teacher
  • Students vote based on things they’ve seen in classroom/playground
  • Thrively project which promotes kindness
  • Class-wide essay which promotes kindness
  • Students create a Ted X Talk on the importance of kindness in the world. The winning speech/presentation is the Kindness Ambassador (Kids can find kid Ted X talks on YouTube)
  • Finished project which promotes kindness (poem, pledge, creed, song, graphic novel, idea, painting, invent a kindness game, etc.)
  • Any other fabulous ideas you have

Make Kindness a Habit Video  This is an example of a Ted Talk that kids could do.

Kindness Spirit Days:

2/4      You Can’t Take Words Back- Backwards Day

2/5      Kindness Rocks- Dress like a rock star!

2/6      Make Kindness a Pattern- Patterened clothing (polka dots, stripes, plaid, etc.)

2/7      Score Points by Helping Others- favorite team/sports jersey

2/8      Dress Alike Day- come dressed the same as a friend or wear your Emory shirt

Kindness Challenge– Every 10 challenges earns a coin to be spent at Jenn’s wagon (dates/times TBD)

Mon. 2/11       Classroom Kindness Ambassador recognized at Flag Salute (Please notify family prior to flag salute)

Thanks to Dave, Erika and Holli for coordinating our Student Council and leading this event for our students.

Math Labsite:

Math Lab Site dates- March 4th and 5th. Please let me know ASAP if you have any conflict (release day, field trip etc).

Emory Health Office Services:

Paris Johnson was hired at our most recent SBUSD Board Meeting to serve as our Health Clerk. She is here every Monday and Tuesday and alternating Wednesdays from 10:30-2:00. On the alternating Wednesdays and Thursday and Friday, a nurse from a staffing agency supports our school from 8:00-2:25. We have seen a number of different nurses serve our students this school year. If you need a vision/hearing screen, please complete the form and submit it to Dani. She will contact SBUSD School Nurse Cristina Vaz who will perform the assessments. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test Afiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level.

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

January 30                             Principal Directed PLC- Elma here for guided reading K-2                                                   3-6 TBD

January 4-Feb 8                    Global Kindness Challenge

February 19                           Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered

February 22                           Report Cards go home

Quote of the Week:

Image result for quotes find your peace

Weekly Update: January 21, 2019

Enjoy a long three day weekend!!

Staff PD:

Grades 2-6 should plan to meet in Erin’s room (19) from 1:40-2:40 for round one of ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment of California) training. K and 1 teachers are welcome to join us, however, your time may be better spent planning collaboratively.

Math Labsite:

Math Lab Site dates- March 4th and 5th. Please let me know ASAP if you have any conflict (release day, field trip etc).

Classroom Library Funds:

$1,000 per grade level

Order due to Eunice by Jan 25, 2019

Book Source, Scholastic, Teachers College, Follett and Delaney- NOT AMAZON

Lesson Design for Language Learners:

For 3rd-6th grade teachers

SIGN UP HERE

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22nd 3:30-5:00pm

WHERE: District Office, Conference rooms 1-3

WHAT: Join your Coordinator Lisa Celaya and TOSA’s to discuss designing instruction that meets the needs of your language learners.

Out of contract pay provided.

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test Afiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level.

Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading:

Elma will join us on January 30th from 1:40-2:40 in room 23 to provide an overview of the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading kits in room 1 (see agenda below). At this time, the District has purchased 1 kit per grade level K-2. I learned this week that Cindy Wagner will provide an additional kit for grades 3-5, though I am not aware of the timeline for the upper grade purchase.

Agenda

-Purpose and structure of a guided reading lesson

-Demo the Guided Reading lesson

-Teachers observe

-Guided Reading debrief

-teacher register and look at the on-line materials

New-training required to host a Student Teacher:

The January 2018 CTC guidelines require all Master teachers to have “recent” training in various areas of coaching and classroom pedagogy.

The San Diego County Office of Education built an online training to help universities satisfy these Common Standards and Preliminary Credential Program Standards(Common Standards, Standard 3, bullets 3 and 4, pg. 3-4; Program Standards – Standard 3, letter D, pg. iv).

The training is 8 hours completely online that the Master Teacher can begin before receiving their Student Teacher or during the weeks the Student Teacher is in their classroom. 

Please see the link provided for information:  https://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/master-teacher-training.aspx

The course is open to them for one month from the time they enter it.  The cost of the program is $50 which would need to be paid by the teacher if they are interested in receiving and being paid for overseeing student teachers.

Each Master Teacher receives a certificate of completion that is portable as evidence of having been trained (for future service as a Master Teacher), and any university participating will have access to a growing database of Master Teachers who have been trained (for accreditation purposes).

ST Math Webinar:

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing details about a ST Math Webinar with information about how to use ST Math to prepare students for CAASPP tests. See dates/links below.

Dates

  • January 15 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific Register
  • January 24 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific Register

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

January 25                             Classroom Library Order due to Eunice

January 23                             District PLN- ELPAC training webinar- meet in 23

January 24                             Dr. McNamara visits all Emory classes 11:30-12:15

January 25                             RFEP Celebration

January 30                             Principal Directed PLC- Elma here for guided reading K-2                                                   3-6 TBD

January 28-Feb 1                  Global Kindness Challenge

Quote of the Week:

Image result for positive thinking quotes

 

Weekly Update: January 14, 2019

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that your vacation was fantastic and that you are ready for 2019!! There is a lot included in this update. Please be sure that you take note of the upcoming dates included at the end. 

Emory Staff United Nations (formerly known as Shared Leadership):

We meet Tuesday, January 15th at 2:40 in room 23. Out of contract will be paid to those who attend. Agenda topics include: New money 2018-19 Budget, Budget 2019-20 and EAGLE next steps.

Staff Professional Development:

We DO meet as a staff this week.

Math Labsite:

I just received our spring Math Lab Site dates- March 4th and 5th. Please let me know ASAP if you have any conflict (release day, field trip etc).

Classroom Library Funds:

$1,000 per grade level

Order due to Eunice by Jan 18, 2019

Book Source, Scholastic, Teachers College, Follett and Delaney- NOT AMAZON

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 2nd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test Afiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level

Handouts from Teachers College Visit- grades TK-2:

Elma has compiled most, if not all of the handouts from Beth Hickey’s visit and placed them here–resources and materials.  The focus of Beth’s visit was small groups.  Would you like to plan small groups with Elma?  Please email Elma or complete the TOSA request.

Military Family Life Counselor:

Sandra Nunez- Mondays- Room 1

Classroom Lessons

Push into classrooms and provide lessons on conflict resolution, social skills training, and other topics. Lessons per topic would be covered in about 1 to 3 sessions, and approximately 15 to 20 minutes in lengths.

Military Kids Club

Military kids club on campus in small group settings. Participating military children must have a signed permission slips to attend.

Short Term Individual and Group Counseling

Short-term, non-medical, solution focused, education and support to military children on campus. Must have signed permission slip to participate.

Join the Comic-Con and SDCOE Educator Book Club:

Grow your ability to teach using comic books and graphic novels through a new collaboration between SDCOE, San Diego Comic-Con International, and the San Diego Comic-Con Museum. The SDCOE Educator Graphic Novel Book Club aims to increase your exposure to great reads, interesting conversations, positive collaboration, and a sense of community. The SDCOE Educator Group will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month beginning Jan. 23 at the SDCOE main campus at 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Discussions will be facilitated by club members with SDCOE curriculum and instruction experts available to offer guidance on research-based best practices.

Learn more about the club here and sign up for the interest list here.

NPR Podcast Challenge:

National Public Radio (NPR) is inviting San Diego County students in grades 5 to 12 to create a podcast and compete for a chance to win the grand prize. Winners will have their podcasts featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on NPR. Students are asked to put together a podcast with their class or extracurricular group, and then submit it to NPR with help from a teacher. Each podcast should be between three and 12 minutes long. Click here for more information. The deadline for submissions is March 31 and winners will be announced in April.

New-training required to host a Student Teacher:

The January 2018 CTC guidelines require all Master teachers to have “recent” training in various areas of coaching and classroom pedagogy.

The San Diego County Office of Education built an online training to help universities satisfy these Common Standards and Preliminary Credential Program Standards (Common Standards, Standard 3, bullets 3 and 4, pg. 3-4; Program Standards – Standard 3, letter D, pg. iv).

The training is 8 hours completely online that the Master Teacher can begin before receiving their Student Teacher or during the weeks the Student Teacher is in their classroom. 

Please see the link provided for information:  https://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/master-teacher-training.aspx

The course is open to them for one month from the time they enter it.  The cost of the program is $50 which would need to be paid by the teacher if they are interested in receiving and being paid for overseeing student teachers.

Each Master Teacher receives a certificate of completion that is portable as evidence of having been trained (for future service as a Master Teacher), and any university participating will have access to a growing database of Master Teachers who have been trained (for accreditation purposes).

South Bay Centennial Celebration- community members needed:

As we begin preparations for our 100 Year Anniversary in the spring of 2020, The district is establishing a committee to plan events, activities, and recognitions.   Ideally, they want to include teachers, classified staff, administrators, parents, and community members.  By January 23rd, please let me know if you would like to represent Emory.  The first meeting of the Committee will take place in March.

ST Math Webinar:

Thanks to RoseAnn for sharing details about a ST Math Webinar with information about how to use ST Math to prepare students for CAASPP tests. See dates/links below.

Dates

  • January 15 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific Register
  • January 24 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific Register

Upcoming Events/Due dates:

January 15                             Site Shared Leadership

January 16                             Staff PD

January 18                             Classroom Library Order due to Eunice

January 23                             District PLN- ELPAC training webinar- meet in 23

January 24                             Dr. McNamara visits all Emory classes 11:30-12:15

January 25                             RFEP Celebration

January 30                             Principal Directed PLC- Elma here for guided reading K-2                                                   3-6 TBD

January 28-Feb 1                  Global Kindness Challenge

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Weekly Update: December 17, 2018

It has been a busy few weeks. Find time to enjoy each other and your students this week. They will miss you when we are away on vacation.

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You may wish to plan for the new R/W units you will begin when we return from vacation, get organized for Fountas and Pinnell or any other work which benefits your team.

Fountas and Pinnell-deadline updated-February 19:

Thank you to those of you have already submitted P-30’s for the F & P release, Eunice learned that they will not be accepting any release days for Friday (it’s a High Impact Day). The deadline to have the data entered was moved to February 19th.

The assessments are available now. Remember to clear your filters, search for “Fountas” or “DRA” and look for the 2018-19 3rd administration. Here’s the GIANT assessment document to answer your additional questions about other assessment dates, A/B book clarification, and other exciting information.

Handouts from Teachers College Visit- grades TK-2:

Elma has compiled most, if not all of the handouts from Beth Hickey’s visit and placed them here–resources and materials.  The focus of Beth’s visit was small groups.  Would you like to plan small groups with Elma?  Please email Elma or complete the TOSA request.

Support for English Learner Materials:

This Tuesday, the Learning and Innovation team hosted a professional learning session for teachers of students in grades 3-6.

There is another session on Tuesday, January 22

SIGN UP HERE

Here is a link to Tuesday’s presentation:

Yesterday’s Presentation

Holiday Party Details:

We will be celebrating on Friday, December 21 at 6:30 PM at the Perkins place (1150 Anchorage Lane #404, San Diego, 92106).  To get into the building, press 404 on the keypad.

If you’re joining us (and we hope you are!), please RSVP by sending $7 (per person; significant others are warmly welcomed) to Holli in room 26 before Wednesday, 12/19.  She’ll buy and prepare a lovely ham and her specialty martinis (otherwise BYOB).  Please bring either a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be an optional gift exchange (under $20, NO “white elephant” please).

January ILT Dates:

Earlier this year, your team identified representatives for each of the ILT meetings. The dates should be on your outlook calendar. Just a heads up as the meetings are in January, shortly after we return from vacation.
Even more Fountas and Pinnell Information:

  Here a few of the reminders when assessing students in Fountas & Pinnell:

  • Kinder teachers do not give the Wordlist because it might not allow you to start assessing students in A books
  • A and B are for meant for Concepts of Print
  • When asking the comprehension questions for levels A and B start with “What is the story about?” or “What did you learn?”
  • In A and B, students only need to score a 2 or 3 for the literal question to move on to the next level
  • Beyond the Text questions will not be used when determining placement in A and B levels
  • Test in both Fiction and Non-fiction books during the assessment window (Ex: if you test A fiction, then test B non-fiction, etc.)

Entering F and P data in Illuminate in February:

  • 2018-2019 Fountas and Pinnell 2nd administration
  • Enter students’ both INDEPENDENT and INSTRUCTIONAL levels in Illuminate
  • For levels C and above enter all scores: instructional level, instructional accuracy, instructional fluency and instructional comprehension scores, instructional genre, and independent level

Quote of the Week:

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